Apple traders, others get warning in Shopian by Terror outfits.

Terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) has warned apple growers of Kashmir not to send their produce to Indian markets, threatening them with dire consequences. The terror warning came through posters and pamphlets in Shopian, signed by Hizbul commander Naveed Babu alias Babar Azam.

The posters ask the transporters, mandis, local shop owners and other business establishments not to carry out their business activities.

The poster also asks all shopkeepers to keep their business activities shut. “Violators will have to pay a heavy penalty”, the poster said.

Petrol pump owners have been asked to close their outlets, and have been threatening with blasts if they violate the ‘order’.

Similar threats have been issued to educational institutions – schools, colleges, universities, asking them not to open.

The warning came after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said that majority of Kashmiris support the abrogation of Article 370, and that restrictions in Kashmir were to prevent Pakistan from creating mischief through proxies and terrorists.

Chief of Army Staff meets Governor Satyapal Malik.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today. He was accompanied by Lt. General Ranbir Singh, Army Commander Northern Command, and Lt. Gen. KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps.

Governor and the Army Chief discussed various important matters relating to the role being played by the Army in safeguarding the territorial integrity and the internal security of the State and security management for smooth conduct of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra.

Governor lauded Gen. Rawat and his men for their exemplary devotion in maintaining a constant vigil along the borders and conducting successful anti terrorist operations in co-ordination with the State Police and Central Armed Police Forces in the hinterland. (Morning Kashmir)

NIA arrests key accused in JeM conspiracy case in Tral.

The National Investigation Agency arrested one more person in connection with the Jaish-e-Mohammad conspiracy case.

The NIA arrested Muzaffar Bhat, a resident of Tral district Pulwama. He was brought from the Central Jail, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu and was detained under the Public Safety Act.

Bhat was in regular contact with the main accused in the case Muddassir Ahmad over WhatsApp for a long period, the NIA said.

The case on hand pertains to the criminal conspiracy hatched by the top leadership of the JeM in Pakistan to strengthen the base of the outfit in India.

The outfit planned on recruiting a large number of persons to carry out militant attacks in the country. The NIA, it may be recalled had earlier arrested Sajjad Ahmad Khan, Bilal Mir and Tanveer Ahmed in this case.

NSA Ajit Doval held a meeting of counter terrorism grid in Jammu and Kashmir in view of a major terrorist attack threat in the Kashmir valley.

Top government sources said the security establishment has confirmed inputs that Pakistan Army backed terror groups are planning to carry out a major attack on Indian soil and that is why 100 companies of paramilitary groups have been deployed in the Kashmir valley. 

The NSA had gone to Kashmir valley for a meeting of the top officials of the counter security grid and decision to deploy additional forces was taken only after that meeting.

The top security brass has inputs that after the successful organisation of the Panchayat elections in the state and the peaceful conduct of Amarnath Yatra in which a record number of pilgrims have taken part, the terrorist infrastructure and ISI want to further vitiate the situation there.

Army and the paramilitary forces put on high alert in the state to foil any attempt by Pakistan to carry out any attack. Already an attempt by Pakistan to push terrorists into the Kashmir valley through Macchil sector has been foiled by security forces.

People of J&K eager to join mainstream development: PM Modi

New Delhi: The people of Jammu and Kashmir are eager to join the mainstream development underway in other parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

Modi was referring to a ”back-to-villages” government programme that had been undertaken in the Kashmir Valley. Jammu and Kashmir is under President”s rule at present.

Addressing the nation through his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, the Prime Minister said the programme was undertaken across 4,500 panchayats of the state in which government officials had to trek long distances to reach each and every village in the valley.

“A certain Mohammed Aslam from Shopian wrote to me on mygov.in saying how the community mobilisation programme of back-to-villages started in June should be undertaken every three months.

“He suggested an online monitoring of the programme. This shows how people of Kashmir are eager to join the mainstream development in the country,” said Modi.

During the mobilisation programme, officials travelled even to remote villages on the border that are constantly under Pakistani fire.

Officials also reached parts of Shopian, Pulwama and Anantnag where gram sabhas were held and government welfare programmes were showcased.

“Citizens of the state participated in huge numbers in these week-long programmes. Villagers discussed issues including health, literacy, water and electricity with officials. Sports kits were distributed, MNERGA job camps were held and horticulture stalls were set up,” he said.

In his address, Modi urged the youth and students across the country to take part in an online quiz to be held next month on the subject of space science and research. The details of the quiz will be available on the website mygov.in from August 1.

The winners of the quiz will get an opportunity to travel to the space research centre in Sriharikota at government expenses in September to directly view the landing of Chandrayaan 2 payloads on the moon.

Modi greatly lauded scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in making Chandrayaan 2 a huge success. He also mentioned that the launch of Indian anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile in March was a resounding success.

Talking about the Swachh Bharat mission, Modi spoke about an engineer, Yogesh Saini, and his team who have contributed immensely towards beautification of Delhi through street art and paintings.

On water conservation, Meghalaya came in for praise from the Prime Minister for becoming the first state to formulate a water policy of its own.

Ten Indian children, who won medals in a recently concluded world sports championship held in Moscow exclusively for cancer survivors, also found mention in Modi”s address. (IANS)

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